Arthritis can be a painful condition, making everyday activities tough. The good news is there are treatments as well as ways to help relieve the pain. In order to do this, however, it helps to know the cause behind arthritis and its spread throughout the body.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis, in the simplest definition, is an inflammation of the body’s joints. There are actually many types of arthritis, some being autoimmune and others more related to the breakdown of the bones. Anyone could have arthritis, but the most common populations to have the ailment are women and those over 65. If you are suspect that you may have arthritis, these are the symptoms to look out for:
• Joint Pain
• Red an Swelling Around Joint
• Worsened Symptoms in the Morning
Most Common Cause
Since there are many different types of arthritis, there are also a plethora of causes to consider. Some causes are much more common than others. As stated before, the breaking down of bones due to old age or poor bone health as well as autoimmune issues are common underlying issues in those with arthritis. Let’s take a look and pinpoint more specific causes.
• Breakdown of Cartilage
• Infection or Injury to joints
• Genetic History
• The Body Attacking Synovium (needed for lubrication of joints)
• Any Destruction of Bone and Cartilage
What Makes Arthritis Worse
Arthritis flare ups are all about inflammation, and while we cannot control the weather or other natural factors that can cause more inflammation in the body, we can avoid substances that can make this inflammation worse. We can also work towards reducing inflammation and maintaining healthy bones and joints, which will help with pain and the spread of the diseases.
Did you know that there are many foods and drinks that cause inflammation, especially for those with arthritis? Try to avoid them or have them only in moderation to reduce symptoms.
• Added Sugar
• Trans Fat
• Omega 6 Fatty Acids
• White Flour Products
• Artificial Sweeteners
Treatment for arthritis varies by the patient, but there are many options depending on the reason you have may have it. For those with autoimmune versions of arthritis, there are many medications that can help with inflammation and stop the progression of the disease form reaching any more joints. These range from simple anti-inflammatory drugs, to steroids, all the way up to biologics, which are special drugs that block inflammation directly in the immune system.
For those with other types of arthritis, the key is to get and keep your bones and joints healthy. A doctor will often prescribe supplements, help you choose a special nutrition plan to reduce inflammation, and tell you to start an exercise regimen. Despite the idea that this might cause pain. Moderate exercise actually relieves arthritis pain over time.
Finally, in severe cases, arthritis, especially that which causes severe damage to hips and knees, can be treated through surgery.
To discuss treatment for your arthritis, you can schedule an appointment by contacting at representative at Addison Internal Medicine.